First Time Mom and Losing It: What You Have in the Fridge Pasta Salad #Recipe

Monday, January 6, 2014

What You Have in the Fridge Pasta Salad #Recipe


I love Pasta Salads. I love going to this deli to get their Greek pasta salad. It has spinach, pasta, olives, feta, peppers and this delicious vinaigrette. That deli is pretty far from me so I decided to start making it myself. It came out pretty close. I set out to make the salad again but didn't have any of the ingredients on hand and was not going to go out in the freezing rain. I decided to just use what I had in my fridge instead.

This is what I put in my pasta salad:
  • Penne Pasta
  • Medium Shrimp
  • Button Mushrooms
  • Asparagus
  • Orange Bell Pepper
  • Baby Kale
  • Feta Cheese
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Greek Vinaigrette


This is how I did it:
  1. Boil a pot of water and add some salt to cook the penne.
  2. Peel and devein shrimp. Clean all of your vegetables. Slice the mushrooms. Cut off the tough ends of the asparagus and cut into 2 inch long pieces. Cut the pepper into match sticks and slice the grape tomatoes in half.
  3. By now the water should be boiling so add the pasta and shrimp. Follow the box instructions to make al dente pasta. When there is about 4 minutes left for the pasta to be done I add the asparagus into the water with the pasta. When there is 2 minutes left I added the peppers.
  4. Throw the baby kale into the colander you are going to use to strain the pasta and veggies. This way the kale will wilt a little bit. Strain the pasta and veggies. Don't overcook the pasta.
  5. Place pasta and veggies into a big bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients.
  6. I added about 2 tablespoons of the Greek vinaigrette. You can add more or less to your taste.
  7. Let chill for an hour so all the flavors can meld together.
If you don't have the ingredients I mentioned you can add pretty much any veggie and just oil and vinegar for the vinaigrette. This recipe is perfect to use up any left over veggies before they go bad.

What do you like in your pasta salad?

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14 comments:

  1. ah yes - pasta salad - LOVE IT!!

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  2. Well, to be honest I don't really like pasta or salad. =D But yours looks tasty. I'd be willing to try it!

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  3. I love pasta salad! We made a greek-ish pasta salad for diner last night. It was a bit different than yours of course. SO yummy!!

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  4. My mother will love this recipe. Thank you for posting it! She's a pasta fanatic.

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  5. That looks so good! I love the ingredients, too. I'll have to try this out this weekend! Thanks for sharing :)

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  6. Looks good to me! I love different pasta concoctions!

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  7. My husband and I love pasta salad! Yours look really good!

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  8. This certainly looks so yummy yes to eat at midnight, lol. Might try it this week:)

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  9. Looks so yummy and healthy. I will try this one of these days. Surely my husband will love it too :)

    Mommy Maye
    www.momaye.com

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  10. Looks tasty. Love the asparagus in it especially :-)

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  11. I love pasta and I used to make lots of pasta salads when I was working on the cruise ship. It was delicious like yours :)

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  12. I have actually never made pasta salad. My hubby does that. But yours looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

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  13. Pasta Salad is one of my favorites and this one looks great!

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  14. Wow this looks sooooooo yummy!!! We all love pasta salad.. This is one of my favorites..
    Thanks for sharing

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